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<p></p><div style="text-align:left;"><p>Monday, Week 3, March 2002</p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:center;"><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><img alt="ghtdGxq.jpg" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/ghtdGxq.jpg" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><p> </p><p> <span style="font-family:'Courier New';">Here I am, moments away from what could be a groundbreaking moment in the world of sports. I'm about to go out to a press conference full of people in the sports world and media. All the major broadcasting groups are here; NBC, ABC, Fox, CNN (ironically enough). Even the lesser media groups are here; MSNBC, E!, BBC. I don't remember the last time there's been this much speculation in the mainstream media for anything wrestling related. I've heard the rumblings. I've heard the rumors. Everyone.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"><strong>Everyone</strong></span><span style="font-family:'Courier New';">. Is about to get turned on their heads.</span></p><p></p></div><div style="text-align:center;"></div><div></div></blockquote></div><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><em>Generic Announcement Host:</em> "Ladies and gentlemen, I want to welcome you all here for this announced press conference held by Eric Bischoff. At this time, I'm going to ask you all to take your seats. Mr. Bischoff will be out here in just a few seconds but I want to remind everyone to please hold off all questions. If Mr. Bischoff wishes to answer any questions,</p><p> he will let you all know, but otherwise please do not ask any questions.</p><p> Ladies and gentlemen, Eric Bischoff."</p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Eric Walks in with a rolled up piece of paper in his hands, a smile on his face, and shakes hands with his introduction speaker. Flash bulbs can be heard going off and bright lights flash in the small room. Bischoff steps up to the podium that has just a simple black background behind him. Bischoff runs his hands through the top of his hair before settling himself at the podium and taking a second to look out at all the media.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><span style="color:#0000FF;">I want to thank you all for being here and all of you for your expressed interest in what I plan on announcing today at this press conference. I've received many calls, mail, and in-person questions about what I've been doing the last year and a half. I've had many people tell me the rumors that have been running rampant in that time. All the rumors and speculation as far as what I have planned next. Where I plan to go, what I plan to do, and what new, exciting project I have planned.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> I've heard the rumors that at any second, any day I'll be returning to WCW.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> Rest assured the only way I will be returning to WCW is if I own the company. I've heard rumors that I'll be joining Vince McMahon in Stamford to be the new head of talent relations and booking. Please trust me when I say while that's tempting, and would cause major headlines in the news,</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> I have no interest in doing so. So those are not the reasons for this press conference to be called.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> I've heard rumors that I'll be taking over the new promotion called Ring of Honor. While I've received an offer from them, I don't have any desire to do that.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> And I've heard the latest rumor that I'm co-founding the new promotion called NWA: Total Non-Stop Action. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm here today, right now, to put all of these rumors to rest. The only way to know for sure is to hear it straight from the involved persons mouth, and that person is me. So, finally, after much speculation and much personal thought for myself, I will dispel any rumor. I can tell all of you that with 100% certainty,</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> I am not joining any of those promotions. While ROH seems to be a very promising place to work and build, I'm not interested in joining them.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> While NWA:TNA seems like it will also be a great place to build up, I have no interest in going there. To be perfectly honest, I have done that before in WCW and I don't see the need to do it again elsewhere. I've told all of my closest friends and confidants that WCW is and was always my home.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> That will forever be my first "child." I don't get any enjoyment out of replicating what I have already done.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> What I've always wanted to do, not just in wrestling, but also in the entertainment industry is create new, exciting prospects. I enjoy coming up with new ideas that haven't been done before. I like to create a buzz.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> I like to challenge myself at any opportunity. So, ladies and gentlemen,</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> I'm here today and have invited you all here today to explain to you just what my new challenge is. After all the events transpired with the NWA,</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> I thought about what I wanted to do and what the state of the wrestling world is. I noticed that wrestling has been moving away from the characters,</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> spectacle, and break from reality that it's been known for in the past.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> Fans are now wanting more action, more realism, more mainstream interaction. The secrets of professional wrestling are long gone. Everyone knows that the people you see on TV are not their real-life counterparts.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> The finishes are all known to be predicted, the storylines all scripted.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> There's very little surprise anymore now that at the click of a button,</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> you can see who wins a match on a taped show. Everyone knows leaving the WWF and going to WCW, or who's leaving WCW and going to the WWF.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> There's no shock and the constant feeding of fans makes it even more difficult to surprise.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> I've seen the shift that professional wrestling is facing and rather than continue going down that path, I've decided to forge a new one. I'm also going to lay out my vision for the future because if all you're doing is thinking of the present, you're going to be out of a job in a year.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> First, I want to announce the vision of my new entertainment organization,</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> Bischoff Entertainment Television, or BTVision for short. I've realized that broadcasting groups are forever changing and adding and removing content.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> Sports companies are constantly competing for better contracts, better time slots. In much the same, those companies are limited by what those broadcasters are willing to air. This goes hand in hand with my new venture that I'm about to announce to you all. The simple fact, no broadcaster is willing to air my new project, so I had to come up with a new vision.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> While I have new financial support for this venture, we don't yet have nearly enough required to launch our network, but I promise you, it is coming in the near future. Another thing I can promise is that to all of you representing your media outlets, you will feel the strain that my new broadcasting group will put on you. I understand the hesitation that your network owners had when I approached them about airing new content and every one of them will be kicking themselves when they see just how successful and popular this new venture will become.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> So after all this speculation and wondering, I'll now announce what this new venture is. After much deliberation and searching, I've decided that the best course of action is to create a new company. This new company is named Resistance Fighting, or "RF" for short. I know that many of you may be wondering just what kind of wrestling promotion RF will be. Well let me help you right there, RF is not a wrestling company. In the growing trend of mixed martial arts, I've realized that this is the action fans are gravitation towards. I've seen several wrestlers, mostly Japanese, taking time off to compete in MMA events. I've seen the popularity of this sport surge much like the wrestling community did in 1996. While there are only a couple of relatively small MMA companies at the moment, I am going to announce right here today that RF will be the leading MMA provider and BTVision will be the eventual launching pad to present it all over the world.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> Now for some specifics; RF has already confirmed several stars from around the industry to join us. While not all of these people may be house hold names just yet, I can promise you that in a short amount of time, all of these people will be very well known. I currently have made contact with several people from Japan who are already out and preparing for other MMA fights.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> Resistance Fighting is based in the United States in the Tri-State area. Bryan Clarke, Brian Lee, Ron Harris, and the Barbarian are just some established names that have joined RF, which some of you may be familiar with. Contracts have been approved with other, lesser known people such as Travis Tomko, Reno, Samoa Joe, and Yoshihiro Takayama. There are several other fighters that I'm extremely excited to introduce you all to in your homes.</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> Our first event will be held on the 3rd week in April on Saturday. The event will be called </span><span style="color:#0000FF;"><em>Crowning Glory</em></span><span style="color:#0000FF;"> and it will be a two hour event. Unfortunately, I was not able to procure a provider to put this on TV due to the graphic nature. A list of the matches will be provided shortly as we're finishing up on securing a couple of contracts, but I can promise you all this;</span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"> This is not a wrestling company and we will not be featuring wrestling contests. The matches will not be predetermined, nor scripted. We have two championship titles, the Heavyweight title and the light-Heavyweight title and the roster will be split by weight group. The contests will be timed at 10 minutes so they will either finish by knockout, submission, or time limit. If a match should run out of time, then a winner will be determined by score. This is an extremely exciting time in the world of sports and I'm extremely excited at the opportunity to bring this new type of competition to you all. This is a new horizon, a new ride, and I can't wait to experience it! Thank you all for your time.</span></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Bischoff gives a smile and collects his papers on the podium before he abruptly walks off. The small room erupts in voices all at once trying to ask questions as Eric Bischoff walks off. More lightbulbs flash as cameras feverishly try and capture the moment. Bischoff nods to the stagehand that introduced him who then tells all media that Mr. Bischoff will not be fielding any questions at this time. Many media colleagues look at one another and question how successful this new venture by Eric Bischoff will be.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:center;"><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div style="text-align:center;"><div><span style="font-family:'Courier New';">I just did it.</span><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> I've finally announced what people have been speculating on for quite some time now. While in one way I have a huge weight off my shoulders,</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> I just added another. I'm extremely excited about this new project and I can't wait to get it running, but I also hope I'm not made to look like another joke. The NWA took a lot out of me, not just personally, but professionally.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> If this fails, I may not be given another chance in either business. All I know is that I'm putting everything I've got into this. Failure is not in my mind.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> I can't help but wonder though;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"><em><strong>Can MMA compete in the wrestling business????</strong></em></span></p></div></div><div></div></blockquote></div><p></p>
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We're bringing you all the news and notes from the wrestling world in addition to the MMA world!



First up, in WWF news;



The WWF and wrestling world was put in shock after Gerald Brisco came out as a whistleblower, exposing the growing problem within the WWF regarding steroid abuse. Brisco reported names to the media such as owner Vince McMahon, Sid Vicious, Triple H, and Chyna among several other names.

These were just some of the more high-profile names listed. There's no telling just how much of an impact this will have on the WWF at this time,

but the thought is of it being substantial.



The WWF also agreed to put an end to their dispute with the World Wildlife Fund and will be changing their company name to World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE for short. This change is said to be effective immediately.


In huge news, the contracts for both The Rock in WWE and Booker T in WCW have been up. In a huge twist, The Rock is said to have come to terms on a contract with WCW while Booker T decided to take the WWE's offer.

Our thought is that WCW has to be coming out ahead on this, as The Rock is fresh off his movie premiere and has been all over the mainstream world.

This definitely is to gain WCW much more exposure. No word is out yet if The Rock's decision to leave WWE had anything to do with the whistleblowing incident.





In the world of Mixed Martial Arts and Eric Bischoff's huge announcement just a couple of weeks ago, we have now learned the official card for the first event for Resistance Fighting; Crowning Glory, which will take place the 3rd week of April in Kansas.



Main Event

Brian Lee vs The Barbarian


Roadkill vs Bryan Clarke


Yoshihiro Takayama vs Ron Harris


Vito LaGrasso vs The Sandman


Bison Smith vs Travis Tomko


Yukihiro Kanemura vs Reno




The roster for RF is said to be now finalized and you may be familiar with the announcer, Todd Keneley. Keneley previously worked with Eric Bischoff at the short-lived NWA promotion and Bischoff was said to be pleased with his announcing ability. He believes that Keneley will be able to transition over to calling MMA well. There is no official word when the next event following Crowning Glory will be, however, it is expected to be spaced out for some time in order to allow workers to heal from their matches. It is also expected there is going to be a tournament of sorts during the first couple of events in order to hold a title match, which will be both for Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight titles. It appears that this first card is more Heavyweight focused, so our thoughts are that the next event will revolve more around the light heavyweights.









On a side note, I'm sorry that there appears to be some disappointment with the direction of this journal. I'm sure that what happened with the NWA caused some of the interest to drop and I was hoping that the announcement of transitioning to an MMA promotion would get some of that interest back.


I didn't want to do something that has already been done a million times and take over ROH or TNA. I wanted to do something that is different and to my knowledge, hasn't been done yet in this dynasty section. I have no idea whether or not running a legit fighting company will succeed in TEW, but I'm trying it out. If it fails, it fails. If I'm somehow able to build this company then I think that would be a really neat story.


I'm also a bit disappointed how my game has turned out, but I think this creates a really interesting alternate universe. I didn't ever expect to leave WCW when I was running my game. I definitely didn't expect the NWA to end so soon after starting this dynasty, either.


I know you guys may be disappointed by my roster so far, but there are some things you need to keep in mind;


- I'm only a regional company. I'm very limited by who will join me just by that fact.


- Add in the difficulty I have with getting people to not only agree to join me, but take place in MMA matches. I can't sign Rob Van Dam and have him compete in MMA matches. Not only would he refuse to do that kind of match, but it wouldn't even remotely be believable. I was really excited and surprised when Bryan Clarke (Wrath) agreed to a contract and the match type.


- While Brian Lee never amounted to much in real life wrestling, my company is Performance > Popularity. It's very possible he could become hugely popular in my company and the wrestling world.


I'm really looking forward to seeing if I can pull off creating a broadcaster. As it stands right now, I can't get any TV or PPV deals because of my product, so my own broadcaster will be the only route. If you guys can stick with me, I think this journal will get pretty interesting.

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="ghtdGxq.jpg" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/ghtdGxq.jpg" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="font-family:Garamond;"><span style="font-size:18px;">May, 2002</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:Garamond;"><span style="font-size:18px;"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:Garamond;"><span style="font-size:18px;"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:Garamond;"><span style="font-size:18px;"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:Garamond;"><span style="font-size:18px;"> Crowning Glory came and went - it actually, in all regards, was a complete success. For an unproven, new company's first show, we managed 2,369 in attendance. The crowd was engaged and enjoyed it. The performers all exceeded expectations.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:Garamond;"><span style="font-size:18px;"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:Garamond;"><span style="font-size:18px;"> The problem though, even with the success of the show, it wasn't televised. We taped it ourself and have shown the footage and numbers to several outlets, but they wouldn't take it. I did not want to run a second show off air. I'm at a stand-still right now. I have no second event planned, I have no provider, and our network launch fell through due to lack of funding. Without a network to air, we're going to continue to bleed money.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:Garamond;"><span style="font-size:18px;"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:Garamond;"><span style="font-size:18px;"> Why can't I seem to get my ideas going????</span></span></p></div><p></p><p></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTiXglxhovsenaY_c8Yxgmsz0ejcSDpgnZEaef_Kek0QA21iITc6g" data-src="https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTiXglxhovsenaY_c8Yxgmsz0ejcSDpgnZEaef_Kek0QA21iITc6g" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><p> </p><p> <strong>Week 4, June 2002</strong></p><p><strong> </strong><strong><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"><span style="font-size:24px;">Breaking News:</span></span></strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> - We're getting reports from several sources that are saying Ted Turner, effective immediately, is out at World Championship Wrestling. Turner is said to have been getting increasing amount of pressure by Turner executives to leave the company due to it's falling state.</p><p> </p><p> Things were looking up for the one-time largest wrestling company in the world. While losing Booker T to WWE, they did manage to sign The Rock to a contract, who's quickly becoming one of the biggest names in wrestling. However, shortly afterwards, WCW saw a decline in viewers and attendance. Some would say that WCW received such a drop that they are viewed as a Cult-like promotion now rather than a National company. This drop appeared to be the final straw for the WCW board of directors and told Ted Turner to either resign his position or be fired, so he chose the former. This is a huge event, as WCW is still considered the #2 promotion in the United States. Many though questioned Turner's ability to run a company after he had named Ian Rotten as head booker. There will certainly be a long list of people putting their name in the hat to be the new CEO of WCW.</p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="ghtdGxq.jpg" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/ghtdGxq.jpg" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><p> </p><p> </p><p> * Eric Bischoff is sitting in his office at home and his cell phone rings **</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="font-family:'Courier New';">Bischoff: Hello?</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Unknown: Eric, did you hear the news????</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Bischoff: No, I've been trying to figure out what to do with the next show for RF. I want to have a June show but it just isn't possible. The month is almost over and I can't announce a show this fast and I have no TV for it anyway...</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Unknown: Forget that....Turner's out!</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Bischoff: He what??</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Unknown: He's out at WCW. They forced him out. Eric, this is what you've been waiting for! You've been waiting for him to either retire or leave...Well now he's left!</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Bischoff: Wow...I mean..I just started this new company. We had our first show. If I backed out already after a few months, what would that say for my reputation?</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Unknown: Eric, forget all that. Your reputation is in WCW where it belongs. Ever since you left, you've been wanting to find a way to get back in. You've had ideas and tried them out. There's nothing wrong with that. The NWA was a fantastic attempt that should have worked out, but it didn't. Face it, Eric, RF is going to fail. There's no backing, no funding, no TV, no PPV, it's dead in the water. No one will give you a chance with it due to the violent label put on it. You may get people to attend the shows, but that isn't gonna make it last in the long run. Ever since the NWA fell, you wanted to get back into WCW. You even looked into trying to put an offer in to purchase WCW. Now's your chance Eric. You can run WCW how you want. WCW can become what you wanted it to.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Bischoff: I know....I know...I'd just hate to give up on this already. Not only that, but all of the people who've given it a chance...</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Unknown: Hell Eric, bring them to WCW! You'd run it, you bring in who you want! Reward them that way!</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Bischoff: I'll have to think about it. Thanks for letting me know...</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Unknown: Don't wait too long, Eric. You know McMahon's gotta be licking his lips at the idea of taking WCW and putting it in its grave.</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> ** And with that, the conversation ends. Eric sits, contemplating his new option and wondering how the hell it happened. **</p></div><p></p><p></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Ok guys, I realize it's been a really long time between updates and to be honest, I was really bummed when the new direction didn't seem to gain much steam. I was trying to figure out what to do after my first event because I could get no deals through anyone and I didn't want to keep going on with open events. Then at the end of June 2002, Turner resigned from WCW, leaving it open. I promise you I had nothing to do with that and it happened on its own. WCW dropped from National and then he left. Hopefully things start to get interesting again.</p>
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July 2002


- We're welcomed to a conference room at the Intercontinental Resort in Atlanta, GA. A Turner exec stands at the podium amid a series of flashing cameras as he welcomes everyone in. He asks everyone to be seated as he begins the business;





Ladies and gentlemen, I want to welcome you all to this press conference. First, I'd like to talk a bit about the history of WCW. Ted Turner had a vision when he took ownership of Jim Crockett Promotions and leaving the NWA branch. He wanted his company to become a direct competitor in the world of professional wrestling. The mid 1990's saw huge growth in the business and unprecedented success. As competition grew, so did the costs, however. We came to a fork in the road after the AOL/Time Warner merge where officials knew we could no longer sustain operating at a mediocre level. There were personnel decisions made that did not ultimately end up benefiting WCW as a company.


Following a fall in national status, WCW and Ted Turner agreed to part ways. This left an opening within WCW that we haven't seen since 1989. Now, no longer operating with a President, we began an extensive search to find a qualified candidate, not only in running a successful company, but someone with a broad expertise in the wrestling business as well as entertainment business. We had many people contacting us and we've held several interviews. Finally, we were approached by a man everyone here is familiar with; Eric Bischoff.


Mr. Bischoff contacted us, however, he wasn't interested in simply being named the AOL/Time Warner president of WCW. Mr. Bischoff actually gave US an offer. He offered to take 100% ownership and control of WCW. Our board of directors looked at this new option heavily. We concluded that it would be in the best interest of AOL/Time Warner as well as our television networks to separate away from World Championship Wrestling. For several months our board has been looking into the future of our networks and we've concluded that wrestling is not in it. As such, AOL/Time Warner agreed on the acquisition of WCW by Mr. Bischoff and his own investors, but not without its own conditions.


Firstly, Time Warner will remain a minority partner in WCW operations. This is an agreement between both parties that will allow their monthly Pay Per Views to be viewed under that network. However, Monday Nitro, Thunder, and Saturday Night will no longer air on our cable networks. AOL/Time Warner will have no involvement with the day-to-day operations of WCW, budget, or overall ownership of the company. The only involvement we will have is on the broadcasting side. Ladies and gentlemen, I will stop there as that will conclude AOL/Time Warner's involvement in World Championship Wrestling. I will take no questions and will now turn it over to the new owner/President of WCW, Mr. Eric Bischoff.




- A series of flashes go off as Eric Bischoff walks into the picture with a huge smile on his face. He shakes hands with the Turner exec, who walks off without another word. Bischoff takes the podium, extends both arms out each side, and takes a moment to look out at the sea of reporters -






First of all, good afternoon to each of you. I want to thank AOL/Time Warner for taking the time to hear my proposal and having a discussion and eventually coming to terms to something that I feel greatly benefits everyone. I want to thank the group of investors that I've worked with in order to get this deal done. I also want to take the time to thank Ted Turner because without him taking a chance on a young, unproven, bad announcer so many years ago, I don't think I would have gotten my big break in this crazy business.


There's been a ton of speculation ever since I left WCW in the Spring of 2000. I didn't agree with the direction that I saw WCW heading, I didn't like decisions being made, and I didn't like the feeling of having my hands tied behind my back. When I left WCW, I had an idea of where I wanted to go, but no matter where I went, I always had an empty spot in my heart that I knew belonged right here in WCW.


Well now I have no excuse. I will now decide the direction, and I'm the only one who can tie my hands behind my back. I've recognized things that need to be done and I've recognized the changes that need to be done in order to maintain success. Now it is up to me to make those things happen. I am pleased that Pay Per Views will remain on the Turner Network. I am not, at this time, going to discuss just what the specifics of those deals are or for how long. As far as television goes, I can't say that I'm pleased with the decision of removing Nitro, Thunder, and Saturday Night, but that's the direction Time Warner/AOL have gone because they believe that is the direction they need to go for success.


Now, for those of you concerned about the airing of those mentioned shows, there is no worry. In the weeks leading up to this press conference, I, and my group of investors, have procured what I envisioned several months ago. I have taken the plans for Bischoff Entertainment Television, which was intended for MMA fighting, and we have turned that into the WCW Network. It is a commercial broadcaster that will air Nitro, Thunder, and Saturday Night throughout North America. We will maintain airing our shows through other broadcasters outside of North America, however, due to the restrictions from AOL/Time Warner, we were unable to agree to contracts with anyone else in North America. As a result, the creation of our network was absolutely critical, otherwise we would be unable to air anywhere in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.


I'm also excited to get back and working with the heart of any promotion; the wrestlers. While the landscape has changed a bit from when I left, such as Booker T and Goldberg leaving for the WWE, many others remain and they remain committed. You will continue to see stars such as Hollywood Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, and Scott Steiner. You will be seeing a new addition, someone who has quickly been making his own mark made in professional wrestling, The Rock, who came to terms back in May which was obviously prior to my arrival. I look forward to working with all of the talent again. With that being said, there are a few orders of business that I need to address.


The first order is that effective immediately, the current booker of WCW, Ian Rotten, has been removed from that role and his contract has been terminated. I want to thank him for the work he had done under AOL/Time Warner, but his style of work just does not fit with the direction I want to take my company. As a matter of cost cutting, I have spoken with, and come to the terms to release the following talent;


Teddy Long

Ray Lloyd (Glacier)

Van Hammer

Lee Marshall

Mark Johnson

One Man Gang



Taka Michinoku

Kevin Steen

Air Paris




In addition, I have signed The Barbarian and Bryan Clarke, also known as Wrath, to exclusive contracts and I look forward to their sure contribution and experience they have.



We will begin our new era of WCW starting the second week of July. As a result in a delay in launching the new WCW network, the first couple of weeks, our shows will not be airing in North America. The time table we're looking to launch is probably the 3rd week of July.



That is all the information I have at this moment. I will let you all know that the champions will stay the same but we are looking at reorganizing every aspect of WCW and creating new storylines. We'll pass out information to you all to let you know who our champions are.






Scott Steiner

Champion since Wk 3 January 2002






Buff Bagwell

Champion since Wk 4 June 2002






Shane Douglas

Champion since Wk 4 June 2002






West Texas Rednecks

Champions since Wk 4 June 2002

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It just isn't WCW without Bischoff in some kind of control. <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /> Also, was the Cruiserweight Title retired, or did it even exist in this timeline?
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<p>A couple of side notes for you guys;</p><p> </p><p>

I'm really excited I got back into WCW the legit way and not by editing stuff in the game. I was looking forward to the creation of the NWA and was pretty bummed out when that fell through. I was trying to find something else to keep me occupied while waiting for Turner to eventually leave WCW and figured it would only happen when he died or left the business.</p><p> </p><p>

I got the idea for MMA in TEW and thought it would be an interesting concept to see if it would work, so I created RF. I figured I would run that for awhile, but the end goal was always either go back to WCW, or find a way to buy them out. The problem is WCW has so much money, that was likely never going to happen. I was shocked when Turner resigned from WCW and knew that was my opportunity to get back in, even though I had just started RF.</p><p> </p><p>

I actually took over WCW in Week 4, June 2002. The problem was, this was only a couple days before the Great American Bash. I only had a 1 hour Saturday Night show to get it set up, so for those reasons, I'm not including that show into "Bischoff's era." This is also why you guys may see that there are a few new champions that began their reign Week 4, June 2002. The AI for WCW had really messed up the title scene, other than the World title. I'm also not including the shows I booked leading up to the launch of the WCW network for a couple different reasons.</p><p> </p><p>

First; I could not air the shows in North America, so I wasn't really putting my stories into good use. Second; I was still getting things set up to my official "launch." So I view pretty much those couple of weeks as the "dead zone."</p><p> </p><p>

Now for the questions;</p><p> </p><p>

I'm pretty loyal in my games to people who are loyal to me or who do a really good job. Back to the start of my game, Wrath and Barbarian were two work horses and solid mid-card workers for me. I've always liked Wrath and pushed him in my games. There's others that I remain loyal to as well, and that may become evident during this. Steen and Michinoku were really going nowhere, so I released them. I may revisit Steen later on but I thought time on the independent circle would help improve his stats, because they were pretty average.</p><p> </p><p>

I retired the Cruiser title way back earlier in my game. I'll have to look and see exactly when I did, but it may be further back in this dynasty. This is all one game and I haven't restarted it. It's a 1997 mod and is now 2002 in the game.</p>

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I retired the Cruiser title way back earlier in my game. I'll have to look and see exactly when I did, but it may be further back in this dynasty. This is all one game and I haven't restarted it. It's a 1997 mod and is now 2002 in the game.


Not a fan of the Cruiserweight Division or the championship itself? Just curious.

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<p>I was a fan of the title and the division, however, later in the game I feel like it gets pretty stagnant as far as stories and workers. It never takes me long before I'm doing the same matches. I also feel like it limits the guys involved with it too much. It's tough for me to put someone with the Cruiserweight title and integrate them into the heavier divisions. I retired the title in 1999 after doing a storyline involving one hurrah involving the title. I had past and present champions and names involved in one last battle with it. Rey Jr won the title and retired it, which I thought was appropriate.</p><p> </p><p> I then usually take those guys and put them in the TV title division.</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:center;"><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Thunder2002_zpsvarypq1o.jpg</span><p> <span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"><span style="font-size:18px;">Thunder Preview!</span></span></p><p> </p><p> We're gearing up for the first official broadcast on the new WCW Network and embarking on the launch of the new Eric Bischoff era in WCW! Without the Turner umbrella to hide behind or use for backup, Bischoff kicks off his version of WCW on the WCW Network! With little time to hype up the upcoming Pay Per View; The Bash at the Beach, we expect lots of things to happen very fast within the next week and a half so WCW can properly build up their monthly show. Don't be caught up in thinking there will be little developments on this show! We've managed to get a list of the announced matches, which will be posted below.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong>TJ Wilson vs Chris Jericho</strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong> </strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong> AJ Styles vs Ernest Miller</strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong> </strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong> Raven vs Bobby Roode</strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong> </strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong> Jimmy Wang vs Brock Lesnar</strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong> </strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong> Hugh Morrus vs John Kronus</strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong> </strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong> The Outlaws (Chris Harris/James Storm) vs Sean O'Haire/Mark Jindrak</strong></span></p><p></p></div><div style="text-align:center;"></div><div></div></blockquote></div><p></p>
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<p>TJ Wilson vs <strong>Chris Jericho</strong> <em>(I imagine Jericho is either a main eventer or an upper-midcard gatekeeper at this point, so he will defeat the young but promising TJ Wilson.)</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>AJ Styles</strong> vs Ernest Miller <em>(AJ Styles is phenomenal, and The Cat is a relic from a different era of WCW.)</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Raven</strong> vs Bobby Roode <em>(Roode has potential, but he needs to pay his dues before he rises to the top.)</em></p><p> </p><p>

Jimmy Wang vs <strong>Brock Lesnar</strong> <em>(Did you mean Jimmy Wang or Jimmy Yang? Either way, I predict Brock Lesnar gets the dominant victory.)</em></p><p> </p><p>

Hugh Morrus vs <strong>John Kronus</strong> <em>(Perhaps this is wishful thinking on my part, but I've heard Kronus was a better worker than Morrus ever was.)</em></p><p> </p><p>

The Outlaws (Chris Harris/James Storm) vs <strong>Sean O'Haire/Mark Jindrak</strong> <em>(The youngsters with potential lose to more established members of the WCW roster. I'm noticing a theme here, but I could be wrong...)</em></p>

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<p>TJ Wilson vs <strong>Chris Jericho</strong></p><p> </p><p>

AJ Styles vs <strong>Ernest Miller</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Raven</strong> vs Bobby Roode</p><p> </p><p>

Jimmy Wang vs <strong>Brock Lesnar</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Hugh Morrus</strong> vs John Kronus</p><p> </p><p>

The Outlaws (Chris Harris/James Storm) vs <strong>Sean O'Haire/Mark Jindrak</strong></p>

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<p>Thank you for the predictions and I'm sure there will be a period of time that I will need to prove myself and this dynasty to have people climb aboard for the ride. Hopefully things get people interested quickly as I'm having a lot of fun in this game!</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:center;"><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Thunder2002_zpsjq4wblox.jpg</span><p> <strong>AR Pine Bluff Center Hall</strong></p><p><strong> Thursday Week 3, July 2002</strong></p><p><strong> Attendance: 2,000 (Sell out!)</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <em>Thunder kicks off on the brand new WCW Network and viewers may notice there's a bit more pomp and circumstance to the start of this week's Thunder broadcast. Lots of fireworks go off and there is a brief introduction to the show by lead announcer Joey Styles (who has been employed with WCW since February 2000), and familiar commentator, Dusty Rhodes. They can't get much more than a welcome in, however, as red lights flash and a siren hits, followed by </em>"HOLLA, IF YOU HEAR ME!!"</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Scott%20Steiner%207_zpsxkgqcgsq.jpg</span></p><p> The 3-time World Heavyweight Champion comes out to many cheers from the crowd with the World title strapped around his waist. Everyone knows the champion means business as he pauses just for a second on the ramp to flex his huge bicep into the camera before heading to the ring. Steiner steps through the ropes and takes a microphone out from tucked in the belt and says to "<strong>Cut the music!</strong>" The Big Bad Booty Daddy first takes a quick survey to see how many Hooches in Arkansas came to see the Big Dipper, which garners many screams from the crowd. After being satisfied with the result, Steiner informs all those watching at home to not adjust their dial, because he does look this good!!</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> The World Champion then turns to more serious business, and that's some newcomer to WCW who's been nothing but a pain in his ass since arriving; The Rock. Steiner tells the rock that he beat him fair and square back at the Great American Bash, but he just doesn't seem to get it. He tells the Rock that just because he used to be a big deal where he came from, he has to start from the bottom-up in WCW and prove himself to be worthy to not only the World Championship, but to even stand in the same ring with the finest body in WCW today. Steiner says if the Rock is up for one more beating at the Bash at the Beach, he figures he can take time out of his busy schedule pushin' Freaks to beat The Rock's ass one more time!!</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> The crowd cheers for Steiners challenge and it doesn't take long before </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <strong>COOOOOOOOOOOOKIN'</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/The%20Rock%2099_zps914cyznh.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Is heard through the loudspeakers and the Rock's music plays. A buzz comes over the crowd but they're still firmly behind the World Champion. The Rock comes walking out looking dressed to the 9's. His expensive shirt remains unbuttoned in the front and the Rock has a microphone in hand, ready to reply to the challenge. The Rock raises his head up to take in the crowd but his eyes remain shielded behind his sunglasses. After the music quiets, the Rock takes another second to look out to the sea of fans before getting a disgusted look on his face.</p><p> </p><p> The Rock says how he hasn't been impressed so far with WCW or their fans simply due to the treatment he's received so far since arriving in WCW. The Rock says he'd have been better off taking the millions..........He could have received in Hollywood and stayed out there with stars and fame rather than having to visit dumps like Arkansas, where people consider having more than 3 teeth and marrying your 2nd cousin a success.</p><p> </p><p> And then there's people like Scott Steiner that he has to deal with. A guy, The Rock says, who's so inflated with steroids that he can't even bend over to wipe his own ass. The Rock then digresses into a thought of just who he has wipe his ass. Is it paid help, a manager, or his brother?? Rock says it doesn't matter who wipes his ass, because after the Bash at the Beach, he's going to need to hire someone that can put his ass back together after he destroys it!!!</p><p> </p><p> Wait a minute....The Rock looks sideways after that comment, knowing it didn't come off the way he wanted it to sound. The crowd quickly begin to taunt him as well. Rock does his best to yell out at the fans and voice his displeasure. The Rock lastly tells Scott Steiner to enjoy the next week and a half because at the Bash at the Beach, he's going to take that title and show WCW what a real champion looks like!</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Joey%20Styles%202k6_zpswrwcmkvm.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Dusty%20Rhodes%203_zpskczpriid.jpg</span></p><p> Joey Styles and Dusty Rhodes then are able to give a proper introduction to the new and improved WCW Thunder. They mention how WCW is now under new ownership and familiar name, Eric Bischoff. Without being under the Turner umbrella for the first time since the late 1980's, they expect many things to change. They give a recent run-down of happenings and goings-on in WCW;</p><p> </p><p> - The recent confrontations between newcomer John Cena and the Warrior</p><p> </p><p> - Brock Lesnar recently attacking Bret Hart</p><p> </p><p> - Tag title scene heating up between West Texas Rednecks and Dudley Boys</p><p> </p><p> - Sting continuing his dark ways (AI had turned Sting heel following Bischoff's departure in 2000)</p><p> </p><p> They also take a bit of time to hype the next match featuring two young upcoming teams; The Outlaws vs Jindrak/O'Haire</p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Chris%20Harris%202k2_zps1df7syqm.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/James%20Storm%202k2_zpsjhrkoqew.jpg</span> <strong>vs</strong> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Mark%20Jindrak_zps8ws4xpq3.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Sean%20Ohaire%202_zps4ycab8ps.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> These two teams kicked off the new era and if it's what is to be expected of in this WCW, we'll be in for fast-paced, exciting action. Both teams looked strong in this opener and had the crowd into it early. What they lack in experience was made up for with exciting action in and out of the ring. While Jindrak and O'Haire proved to be more agile, The Outlaws held their own which indicates both teams should make huge waves in the tag team division. It's apparent that this new era will also welcome a resurgence of the division. Jindrak and O'Haire picked up the win after Jindrak hit the Mark of Perfection on James Storm in a solid opening bout.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winners: Jindrak/O'Haire</strong></p><p><strong> Rating: C-</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/John%20Kronus%204_zpsmvrlwq5b.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Hugh%20Morrus%202_zpskpzfcaty.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> Hugh Morrus and John Kronus are up next in what was another surprisingly solid matchup. Hugh Morrus took to Kronus with physical shots but he was able to absorb many of them, something Morrus is not accustomed to with his opponents. Kronus delivered his own shots as well and the two had a good back and forth brawl. Morrus ended up the victor in this match with the No Laughing Matter moonsault, but Kronus also came out of it looking pretty solid.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Hugh Morrus</strong></p><p><strong> Rating: C+</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Following the solid matchup, we're taken backstage where Mean Gene Okerlund is standing. Always the familiar face to welcome us into an interview segment, Gene brings in his guest....</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Shane%20Douglas%208_zpsgmcjn5mv.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> The Television Champion Shane Douglas walks into the screen as Gene welcomes him. Douglas is grinning from ear to ear and dressed in a suit. The TV Championship is folded and cradled in his arms. Douglas goes on to say that he will become the greatest Television champion in history and furthermore, he will go on to become the longest reigning Television champion. Douglas fails to see anyone within WCW that has the caliber to keep up with him, much less beat him for this prestigious title belt. While he has the utmost confidence in his abilities, he welcomes anyone to step up to the plate to "challenge" him.</p><p> <strong>Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Tony%20Schiavone%203_zpsi37chcgo.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> Rather than go back to the ring for continued action, we're taken to another spot backstage that is set up for interviews. Tony Shiavone, away from his regular announcing duties, is standing in his spot and making his introduction. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Warrior%202_zps9fq19glm.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> The crowd is heard roaring as Shiavone introduces the Warrior. Tony mentions that Warrior has been in WCW for awhile and wants to know what mark he's going to make. He answers that there is but one question to ask; What mark <em>doesn't</em> a Waarrriaaahhhh make when they step into the center of battle??? Shiavone takes that as his que to change the subject and touches on matters with a wrestler relatively new to WCW; John Cena, as there's been recent conflicts between the two lately. Warrior starts to field the question when out of nowhere Warrior is blindsided by none other than -</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/John%20Cena%202k2_zpsdz0ujkqy.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> The rookie makes sure to hit the legend with heavy forearm shots to the back and when the Warrior's down, throws in a few kicks and stomps. Shiavone is nowhere to be found once the physicality starts, of course, so after Cena is done with his work and satisfied, he walks off after taunting into the camera.</p><p> <strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Jimmy%20Yang%202k1_zpszdcladuy.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Brock%20Lesnar%201_zpsfjyijfw6.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> Back to ring action see's Jimmy Yang already in the ring. His opponent is yet another new face to the WCW crowd, Brock Lesnar, who Joey Styles lets everyone know is a former amateur wrestler and NCAA champion with Wisconsin. Dusty and Styles spend Lesnar's entrance talking about exciting a potential matchup between Lesnar and World Champion Scott Steiner would be. The match doesn't last long at all though once Lesnar gets in the ring. A quick scoop powerslam gets the pinfall and win.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Brock Lesnar</strong></p><p><strong> Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Raven%206_zpsatwuioka.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Bobby%20Roode_zps9bjspofj.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> There have been a ton of new faces being shown so far on Thunder and this next match is no exception. Bobby Roode has been around in WCW for awhile, but up until this point he's never really been given an opportunity to showcase his talent. By putting him in with a worker like Raven, it's clear to see that Roode has something special. Throughout the match, Roode made typical young-wrestler mistakes that Raven made sure to take advantage of. During parts of the match, Raven would claim that he's "educating" Roode. This was another very solid match for this edition of Thunder, which saw Raven put Roode away with the Evenflow DDT.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Raven</strong></p><p><strong> Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Ernest%20Miller%203_zps4vhbstz1.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/AJ%20Styles%204_zps9bbt5wdm.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> Another match that seems to feature the old era of WCW against the new era of WCW. What people don't realize is that Styles has been around in WCW since 1999, but hasn't really started to catch fire until this year. While the Cat is certainly quick, hence his nickname, AJ Styles managed to make Miller look slow in this match. There were a ton of kicks, strikes, and high-flying maneuvers that continued to keep the fans interested in this match. AJ Styles pulled out the impressive win after hitting the Cat with the Styles Clash.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: AJ Styles</strong></p><p><strong> Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Hulk_Hogan29_zpsujzwwcca.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> Now we get a break in the action where cameras go backstage, seeing Hollywood Hogan walking through the backstage area. He suddenly runs into...</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Diamond%20Dallas%20Page%202_zpsxwxejhtw.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> DDP asks Hogan how long he's going to keep up with his schtick. He says the NWO ended years ago and it's time to look ahead and face it, Hogan's time is rapidly coming to an end.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Randy%20Savage%2031_zpsjftpg9bv.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> The Macho Man then comes into the picture and tells DDP to mind his own business unless he wants to get a refresher course on the Madness. DDP just shrugs and says "whatever" before walking off.</p><p> <strong>Rating: A*</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/TJ%20Wilson_zpsp8kwqe4x.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Chris%20Jericho%202k2_zpsngnxo7of.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> We're down to the main event of the night where younger talent continues to be showcased. TJ Wilson, a Hart Dungeon trainee, goes up another Canadian in Chris Jericho. This is a solid contest that brings out the best in the younger Wilson but Jericho employs plenty of cheap tactics to hold the advantage, even though he probably doesn't need it. Jericho hits a bodyslam on Wilson and then goes for the pin by putting a boot on his chest and flexing. The count doesn't even get a one but it does light a fire under Wilson who responds with a flurried assault which nearly sees an upset win. The shock gets Jericho to take the match seriously for a change as he collects himself outside of the ring before continuing. The second half of the match see's a bit more of a focused Jericho who doesn't play around nearly as much. Jericho hits his Lionsault perfectly that gets a near fall. Wilson sees himself roll out to the apron and stands himself up while Jericho is busy arguing with the referee over his counting speed. Jericho turns to see Wilson springboarding off the top rope but Jericho catches his legs and Wilson crashes down onto the mat. Jericho then quickly locks Wilson into the Liontamer and looks to be bending him in half before Wilson finally had enough and taps out.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Chris Jericho</strong></p><p><strong> Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Joey Styles and Dusty Rhodes then begin the close of the show, only to stop mid sentence and say there's an event taking place in the back. Cameras rush to go backstage where they catch Brock Lesnar leaving.</p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Brock%20Lesnar%201_zpsfjyijfw6.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> Lesnar is walking through the hall with his bag slung over his shoulder. Something catches his attention though and another person finally comes into view.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Diamond%20Dallas%20Page%202_zpsxwxejhtw.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> Lesnar barely slows his walk as he hits his shoulder into DDP as he walks by. DDP won't have any of it though and says something to Lesnar, who then exchanges words back. Lesnar tosses his bag at DDP to distract him and then unleashes an assault. He tosses DDP into the wall and then tosses him into the opposite hallway wall. Lesnar gives DDP a few stomps as he's down on the cold cement floor and then he picks him up and powerbombs him onto a nearby crate. Lesnar smirks for a second as DDP rolls in agony. Thunder fades to a close with the image of a broken and battered DDP.</p><p> <strong>Rating: A*</strong></p><p></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Overall Show Grade: B+</strong></p></div><div style="text-align:center;"></div><div></div></blockquote></div><p></p>
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<p>...</p><div style="text-align:center;"><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><img alt="ghtdGxq.jpg" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/ghtdGxq.jpg" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="font-family:'Courier New';">My first Thunder episode did what it was intended to do; create a buzz for WCW going forward and get people familiar with where things are headed. I only have a very short amount of time before the pay per view and I'm doing everything I can to get it prepared. Luckily, a venue was already booked by the prior administration and I've been able to contact all of the other venues that have been booked for the next month. Luckily they are all willing to honor those bookings.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> I was as shocked as anyone to see that the Rock had left WWE for WCW. One thing that infuriated me was seeing Booker T leave. That was just as on par with the Goldberg deal. Booker T, just as Goldberg, was a person Turner should never have let walk out those doors. I have got to make sure I keep whatever talent I have and make a priority to continue to feature new, young workers in the event I lose someone very valuable. Another thing we have to seriously consider is a change in our figurehead. Hulk Hogan still remains one of the most popular workers in the world, but he isn't going to be around forever. I've already had agents come to me and say how much he's slowing down. Luckily, I've got a few good prospects that I'm really excited about building. One guy we've managed to find is Chris Mordetzky. This guy is young, looks fantastic, has a good attitude, and is huge. I spoke with the developmental staff to have him report there right away and see what we can do with this kid.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Another priority that I eventually want to set is what I started in the NWA; women's wrestling. I want that to be a feature weekly on one of my shows. I've got three shows a week, so finding a way to feature that shouldn't be an issue. I want to also look into updating our product in a way to entice new fans.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> I've only got one Nitro to build for the pay per view. I'm not sure how much, if any, a success Bash at the Beach will be, but I'm going to try like hell. There are so many guys on the roster that I want to use, I just have to find a way to use them. It's looking like Nitro will have the following matches;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Main Event</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Sting vs Lex Luger</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Rick Rude vs Ric Flair</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Justin Credible vs Claudio Castagnoli</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> The Southern Boys (Steve Armstrong/Tracy Smothers) vs Jindrak/O'Haire</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> John Cena vs TJ Wilson</span></p><p></p></div><div style="text-align:center;"></div><div></div></blockquote></div><p></p>
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<p>Main Event</p><p>

<strong>Sting</strong> vs Lex Luger</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Rick Rude vs <strong>Ric Flair</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Justin Credible vs <strong>Claudio Castagnoli</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Southern Boys (Steve Armstrong/Tracy Smothers)</strong> vs Jindrak/O'Haire</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>John Cena</strong> vs TJ Wilson</p>

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<p><strong>Sting</strong> vs Lex Luger <em>(At this point in time, Sting is a more valuable commodity for WCW than Lex Luger.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Rick Rude vs <strong>Ric Flair</strong> <em>(I'm surprised Rick Rude is still alive and wrestling in this timeline. Ric Flair is definitely a greater star, though.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Justin Credible</strong> vs Claudio Castagnoli <em>(Castagnoli probably doesn't have much exposure in the USA, so Credible wins by cheating, or maybe clean.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

The Southern Boys (Steve Armstrong/Tracy Smothers) vs <strong>Jindrak/O'Haire</strong> <em>(Jindrak and O'Haire are likely </em><em><strong>the</strong></em><em> young tag team of WCW right now, and Armstrong and Smothers sound like a team of solid veteran workers who put guys like that over.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>John Cena</strong> vs TJ Wilson <em>(Wilson is a young worker with talent, but you have more immediate plans for John Cena.)</em></p>

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<p><strong>Sting</strong> vs Lex Luger</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Rick Rude vs <strong>Ric Flair</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Justin Credible</strong> vs Claudio Castagnoli</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

The Southern Boys (Steve Armstrong/Tracy Smothers) vs <strong>Jindrak/O'Haire</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>John Cena</strong> vs TJ Wilson</p>

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/WCW%20Nitro%20Custom_zpsengc6pu4.jpg</span><p> <span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"><strong>WCW MONDAY NITRO</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"><strong> LIVE From the DC Armory, Washington, DC</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"><strong> Monday, Week 4 July, 2002</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"><strong> Attendance: 10,000 (SELL OUT!)</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"> </span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Joey%20Styles%202k6_zpswrwcmkvm.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Dusty%20Rhodes%203_zpskczpriid.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"> </span>- Nitro kicks off this week, and for the first time ever, on the WCW Network with renewed fanfare and energy! The cameras pan the sold-out arena before being taken to the announce booth where Joey Styles and Dusty Rhodes are seated, welcoming everyone to this week's Nitro. Joey reminds everyone that we are less than a week away from the groundbreaking Bash at the Beach Pay Per View and Dusty ensures everyone that it will be a knock down, drag out brawl BABAYYY! There's a brief run-down of the night, including tonight's main event of Sting vs Lex Luger. Styles tells everyone that Sting has seemed very conflicted over the recent weeks and Lex Luger has been doing his best to steer him in the right direction, though it just doesn't seem to work for the Stinger. They highlight a bit more of the night but are abruptly interrupted by --------</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <strong>COOOOOOOOOOKIIINNNNNNNNNNN'</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/The%20Rock%2099_zps914cyznh.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> - It seems that the self-proclaimed "Most Electrifying Man in Wrestling" is going to kick off this week's Nitro broadcast! The fans voice their displeasure while the Rock walks out onto the stage, dressed classy as always. Rock sniffs the air and visibly shows his disgust for this crowd also before making his way to the ring, microphone visible in his back pocket. The Rock climbs the ropes before entering the ring to taunt out to the crowd amid thousands of flash-bulbs. He climbs in the ring and proceeds to let everyone know that they are a mere 6 days away before they finally get to experience a REAL champion in WCW. He says that WCW has tried so hard to find a true champion, a true man of the people, a true role model for all the young kids, and a real athlete. He says, despite his respect for Hollywood Hogan and much in comparison, WCW will once again be turned onto its top when he becomes world champion this Sunday and he will make an even bigger impact than Hogan did! This of course doesn't sit well with the crowd, even through their dislike for Hollywood Hogan. The Rock takes a second to smirk and then says that he finds it ironic that WCW can't even find a credible champion within their own company and that, like Hogan, they have to find REAL champions from New York! Rock finishes his promo by giving everyone the phone number to call and order the show because this Sunday is going to be must-see television with Big Poppa Pump getting knocked on his ass!</p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: A*</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/TJ%20Wilson_zpsp8kwqe4x.jpg</span> <strong>vs</strong> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/John%20Cena%202k2_zpsdz0ujkqy.jpg</span></p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><p> </p><p> </p><p> - Nitro's first match of the night certainly did it's job to get the crowd on their feet and excited. There was no lost step following the Rock's opening segment as young stars TJ Wilson and John Cena go head to head. The announce booth did a good job of highlighting Wilson's match against Jericho this past week on Thunder and think he should fare quite well against Cena. It remained an even, close matchup and Wilson did seem to be one step ahead of Cena along the way, but Cena was able to gain back control by a few.....Less than honest behaviors. The crowd ate it up as Cena did his best at trying to look innocent. Wilson turned the tide and mounted a good comeback and had the crowd on the edge of their seat until a blatant low blow dropped him. Of course, this was while the referee's back was turned so there was no disqualification. With Wilson's momentum effective stopped dead in its tracks, Cena took the opportunity to hit him with his Spin-Out Powerbomb to pick up the win!</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: John Cena</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: B-</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Sean%20Ohaire%202_zps4ycab8ps.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Mark%20Jindrak_zps8ws4xpq3.jpg</span> <strong>vs</strong> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Steve%20Armstrong%202k1_zpsxjofcsdj.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Tracy%20Smothers%202_zps8cbsmb0k.jpg</span></p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><p> </p><p> - The action doesn't stop as Nitro goes straight into its next match of the night. The young, promising team of Mark Jindrak and Sean O'Haire take on the veteran tag team the Southern Boys, Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers. This match was interesting because even though they are the much younger, inexperience team, Jindrak and O'Haire moved with just as much fluidity as Smothers and Armstrong, making it look like they've been teaming together for years. What the Southern Boys lacked in their agility and swiftness, they made up for with psychology and ability to control the match. Quite a few times Smothers and Armstrong were able to capitalize on a mistake made by either Jindrak or O'Haire and slow the match down to their pace. They also traded quick tags and isolated the younger workers to their side of the ring, essentially cutting the ring in half, as Dusty commented. The crowd seemed to be behind both teams as it was a good, close, competitive matchup, but the longer the match, the more they got behind Jindrak and O'Haire, if not just due to their flashier moves. O'Haire ended up wowing the crowd when he hit his patented "Seanton Bomb" on Steve Armstrong to pick up the impressive win.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winners: Sean O'Haire/Mark Jindrak</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: C-</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="font-family:Verdana;"><strong><span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="font-size:18px;">Looking For An Impact!</span></span></span></strong></span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Paul%20Heyman%202k2_zpsuhk8h5zv.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Brock%20Lesnar%201_zpsfjyijfw6.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> - Nitro gets its first break from in-ring action, but cameras remain ringside as music hits and out walks Paul Heyman with his client, Brock Lesnar. Announcers can't get over just how huge and intimidating Lesnar is and for being so new to wrestling, they point out how quickly he's gaining steam. </p><p> Dusty predicts he will have a faster rise than Goldberg had and they ponder a moment if there's even anyone in WCW who can beat this man. Heyman and Lesnar climb in the ring and Paul E. has his microphone. He reiterates what Dusty and Styles were telling everyone at home and that's the simple fact that Brock Lesnar is taking the wrestling scene by storm and that there's only one thing people can do; Get out of his way. Heyman promises that if people don't get out of his way then Lesnar will have no choice but to run them over like an out of control freight train......The only difference is an out of control freight train is just that...Out of control. Unlike Brock Lesnar who is in control, at ALL TIMES! Heyman then takes a moment to mention one such man who will not get out of Lesnar's way, so he will have no choice but to confront him head on...He says this man is looking at a monstrous freight train coming straight at him head on and there's no time to move out of the way. The man who apparently has a death wish is none other than the "Best there is, Best there was, Best there ever will be; Bret "Hitman" Hart. Heyman laughs and says it's ironic how Bret's nickname is "Hitman" because if there's anyone like a Hitman that's being sent out to do dirty work, it's the man standing next to him, Brock Lesnar! Heyman tells Bret Hart that he requests his presence out here right now because he has a proposition for him and one that can only be made face to face!</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Bret%20Hart%202_zpshtvgq2pq.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> The crowd buzzes with anticipation but don't have to wait long though as music plays and out walks Bret Hart. The Hitman looks pretty confident as he walks out in his street clothes and leather jacket and goes straight to the ring. Hart climbs in and walks straight up to the duo that's already in the ring. Hart tells them that they've done their best to intimidate the locker room but they made a mistake by targeting the Excellence of Execution first thing. Hart says that while Lesnar may be an accomplished amateur wrestler at the collegiate level, no one has been able to even touch his accomplishments in wrestling for over 15 years. Hart says that he is without a doubt the best technical wrestler today!</p><p> </p><p> Heyman snickers and says while that may be true, Brock Lesnar is a BEAST! Heyman then proposes that Hart put his title of "Best there is, was, and ever will be" on the line and face Brock Lesnar at Bash at the Beach!! The crowd clearly likes the offer and the Hitman doesn't waste any time accepting it, but no sooner than he says "You're on!", he gets blindsided from a vicious clothesline to the back of the neck by Lesnar. While Heyman had Hart's attention with the challenge, he didn't notice Lesnar slowly sneaking behind him to set up the attack. Lesnar lays in boots to the downed Hitman before picking him up and hitting a huge overhead belly to belly suplex. Dusty comments that Lesnar threw him so hard and effortless that Hart looked like a stuffed animal being launched. The rabid crowd boo's Lesnar and Heyman as they look down, pleased at the result. Lesnar laughs while Heyman gloats.</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: B+</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Nitro takes a brief commercial break and comes back to the bottom of the ramp stage where Mean Gene is standing by.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Gene%20Okerlund%202_zpsmqlmns6w.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> - Gene welcomes us all back to WCW Monday Nitro and says that his next guest is on the way to stardom here in WCW and he's letting people know it. Gene welcomes the "Phenominal" AJ Styles</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/AJ%20Styles%204_zpss38wco7c.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> AJ comes out to a decent reaction from the sold out audience and Gene begins his questions, first asking where AJ Styles see's himself going in WCW. Styles responds that eventually he wants to be ahead of it all. Styles says he has the talent, drive, and determination to get there, but first things first. He says he doesn't want to be given anything in WCW but rather earn it, and he'll do that by going up against anyone, any time. Gene hypes up Style's upcoming match this Saturday Night against the extremely talented and able Canadian, Lance Storm. Styles says this Saturday will be a perfect opportunity to showcase to the entire world just how "Phenominal" AJ Styles is and warns Lance Storm not to look past him, because if he does, that will be his fatal flaw. As Styles is responding to Gene, a rumbling begins to occur in the crowd. Heads are seen turning and people begin pointing. It doesn't take long before everyone at home is made aware of the distraction in the arena.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Sting%2032_zpsoqwjagtc.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Sting is seen perched up in the rafters where people have become accustomed to seeing him. Sting looks intently down below at all of the people and remains standing in one spot. He never takes a microphone or appears to be uttering any words, just merely observing. Cameras focus back to Gene and AJ Styles. Styles mentions Sting and remarks that he's noticed the battle lately that Sting appears to be having. Styles even goes so far to compare himself to Sting. Styles says they're both gifted athletes and everywhere he goes, people say how much of Sting they see in AJ Styles. Styles goes on to say that they're both very religious and Styles may understand the battle that Sting's having within himself. Styles says he'll be willing to help Sting in any way he needs and closes out the interview by telling Sting to fight the battle. The interview closes out showing a shot of the stone-faced Sting up in the rafters.</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: A*</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Justin%20Credible%202_zpsbqlsq1cw.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Claudio%20Castagnoli%203_zpsv5wbj546.jpg</span></p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><p> </p><p> - The next matchup for Nitro featured a relative newcomer named Claudio Castagnoli, a Swiss wrestler who Dusty says is strong as an ox and quick as a cat! Moved up from WCW's developmental roster in 2001, Claudio hasn't seen much in the way of action or success, but Styles mentions that with his ability, it's only a matter of time before he catches fire in Eric Bischoff's WCW. Styles actually points out that Claudio actually has only one singles victory since moving up, and that is against Mike Sanders back in the last week of June this year. His opponent, Justin Credible, has actually fared much better and, Styles mentions, held the Television title for a period of time back in 2001. Credible is actually coming back from a period of inactivity, Styles explains, having been off television from December 2001 to March 2002. In either case, both of these men put on a pretty good match that keeps the fans entertained throughout. Claudio, called "Double C" quite often, hits a series of European uppercuts to stun Credible. He also uses several power moves while showcasing his aerial ability as well. Bottom line, Claudio shows his everything he's capable of in this match, presumably to get the eye of Eric Bischoff. He picks up the win after hitting a piledriver on Credible.</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Winner: Claudio Castagnoli</strong></p></div><p><strong> Rating: C</strong></p><p></p><p></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="font-family:Verdana;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">A Brawl, and It's Not Even Fall Yet!</span></strong></span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Curt%20Hennig20_zpsxashytxi.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Barry%20Windham_zpsj74jnj1s.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/D-Von%202002_zpsobmpuyu1.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Bubba%20Ray%202002_zpsbfvvaxdx.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> - WCW appears to be the place where the action never stops as when Joey Styles and Dusty Rhodes are trying to recap the night so far, cameras abruptly are taken backstage where the tag team champions West Texas Rednecks are brawling it out with newfound rivals the Dudley Boys. All hell is breaking loose as officials do their best to separate the teams but they keep going at it. No one seems to have any idea what caused these two teams to start fighting with each other, but they use everything at their disposal in the backstage area. Chairs, tables, walls, rolling crates, brooms, chains, anything but the kitchen sink, Dusty yells! Bubba Ray even was able to find a bicycle backstage which had an exasperated Dusty yelling "HE'S GOTTA BAHSICKLE!!!! WHERE THE HELL'D HE GET THAT FROM?!? The scene finally calms down after The Rednecks retreat down a hallway while the Dudley's are held back from a group of officials.</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: C+</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#696969;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Another Confrontation?</span></strong></span></span></span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Hulk_Hogan29_zpsujzwwcca.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> - We go to another, quieter spot in the backstage area where Hollywood Hogan is leaning up against the wall and talking on the phone. We aren't privy to the conversation, though because behind Hogan walking in the hallway we see another figure approaching...</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Diamond%20Dallas%20Page%202_zpsxwxejhtw.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> - Hogan tells whoever he's on the phone with that he'll call him back and asks what DDP wants. He tells Hogan that he really needs to think how he wants to end his career....Does he want it to end looking like a thug wanna-be in his black and white, or does he want to get his head out of his rear end and get some color to him? Hogan tells DDP that he's heard enough crap out of his mouth the last few weeks and it's none of his business where or how he ends his career. Hogan reminds DDP that he's still the biggest name in wrestling and his career isn't even close to being over. Hogan then asks DDP if he remembers what Savage told him the other day...</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Randy%20Savage%2031_zpsjftpg9bv.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> - Randy Savage then blasts DDP out of nowhere with a steel chair. DDP crumples to the ground and Hogan and Savage share a laugh. Savage then tells DDP that he said to mind his own business, or something bad might happen...OH YEAH!</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: A*</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Rick%20Rude_zps4hizkdrj.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Ric%20Flair%2012_zpswhdkz4u6.jpg</span></p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><p> </p><p> Ric Flair vs Rick Rude was considered a classic match back in 1994 and even in this day in age it was a spectacle. Joey Styles reminds everyone at home that Rick Rude came out of retirement in 1999 to seek revenge on the man who seemingly ended his career; Sting. Styles says that at one point Rick Rude even captured the WCW World Heavyweight title during that feud and went on to lose it to Bret Hart later that year. Dusty says that Flair has always been the dirtiest player in the game without taking a break. Judging by the quality of the match, both of these men look to continue going strong as well. This was a typical old school match that you would expect from the two. Flair, despite being a solid fan favorite, used his dirty tactics to his advantage but also seemed to meet his match by Rick Rude, who was more than capable of using his own cheating ways. In the end, Flair was able to pick up what is still considered a big win by getting Rude to tap out to the Figure 4!</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Winner: Ric Flair</strong></p></div><p><strong> Rating: B</strong></p><p></p><p></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Warrior%207_zpszqmfbg51.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> - Focus moves toward what can only be considered the final promo of the evening, as it is approaching time for the main event. The Warrior comes out to much fanfare and pumps his arms and climbs the ropes to summon all of the warrior energy from the crowd. After Warrior feels enough electricity has entered his veins, he begins to tell the crowd that while there may be one true Warrior, a warrior is nothing without it's heart, which is the fans! As Warrior continues on, a disturbance is flashing to light on the big screen above the stage. The crowd begin to boo as one smiling face appears on it....</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/John%20Cena%202k2_zpsdz0ujkqy.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> John Cena tells Warrior that he's boring the people to death and that they can't understand one word coming out of his mouth, not because the typical reason you would think....That they're just too dumb to comprehend, but that because all the Warrior does is speak gibberish. Cena then begins to pull up old magazines that featured Warrior through his career. TV Guide, Reader's Digest, old WWF magazines that have all WWF identifying names blurred out. Cena goes on to say how old he was during each of these walks down memory lane. Cena thinks that you either upgrade with the times, or get lost in time and Warrior's day and time has obviously gone. He finishes his thoughts by saying that the Warrior needs to step aside, and if he doesn't, then Cena will just have to run him over.</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: B+</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Lex%20Luger%202_zpszuiyq3hl.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Sting%2032_zpsoqwjagtc.jpg</span></p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><p> </p><p> - It's finally main event time where Lex Luger squares up against Sting. Joey Styles and Dusty Rhodes digress into never thinking they would be involved in a match where Lex Luger would be getting cheered and Sting would be boo'ed. The match begins with Lex attempting to speak some reasoning to Sting, who, Styles reminds everyone they are, or were, best friends. After a couple minutes of attempted pleas by Luger, Sting delivers a swift kick to the gut that doubles over the Total Package. From then, the match takes off. Sting uses his speed and quick strikes to keep Luger off balance. After a couple of clotheslines, Sting goes for a pin attempt. When that only gets a 2 count, Sting decides to have words for the referee, taking away his attention. This gives Luger an opportunity to catch some wind and mount a comeback. Luger manages to hit several power moves and a really good looking powerslam that nearly gets a three count. Luger continues the attack and brings Sting into the corner, delivering a 10 count that the crowd loudly chants along with. Sting stumbles out of the corner and Luger signals for the Torture Rack. The crowd's on their feet and ready to see it but Sting has managed to tangle himself up with the referee, delaying Luger from getting his hands on him. Luger moves the referee, only to get hit with a low blow. As he doubles over with pain and the referee oblivious to it all, Sting quickly hits Luger with the DeathDrop and gets the three count. Sting quickly exits the ring and doesn't wait on Luger to get back up to his feet as Styles and Rhodes sign off and tell everyone to tune in to Thunder this week!</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Winner: Sting</strong></p></div><p><strong> Rating: B</strong></p><p></p><p></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Final Show Grade: A</strong></p><p> TV Ratings: 25.21 (RAW Rating: 25.32)</p></div><p></p></div><p></p>
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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTiXglxhovsenaY_c8Yxgmsz0ejcSDpgnZEaef_Kek0QA21iITc6g" data-src="https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTiXglxhovsenaY_c8Yxgmsz0ejcSDpgnZEaef_Kek0QA21iITc6g" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><p> </p><p> </p><p> Welcome to the PWI report and we have plenty of news of the goings-on in the world of professional wrestling!</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> - The build-up continues as WCW heads toward Bash at the Beach. Word going around is that despite the short time to build, Eric Bischoff is happy with the direction so far.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> - In an odd bit of news, Ted Turner has been named the head booker of Resistance Fighting. You may remember this as being the MMA promotion founded by Eric Bischoff. Turner has no experience as being a wrestling booker but apparently the new ownership see him as capable, if not just a big name to generate news stories. We have learned that RF has moved away from being a 100% combat fight sport to incorporating a more wrestling-oriented product.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> - On the topic of Ted Turner, we have received a press release from the offices of WCW stating that they are opening up a Hall Of Fame. In the release, it states that Eric Bischoff had reached out to Ted Turner and he will be the inaugural inductee. Despite the differences between the two in recent years, Eric Bischoff states in the release that Ted Turner remains a pillar of WCW and should be recognized as such. Bischoff further says that without Ted Turner, there would be no WCW as we know it today and that he hopes that this is just the beginning of eventually mending the fences. Until then, WCW wanted to recognize Mr. Turner as the base foundation of the company.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> - We have also learned that one of the biggest names in Tag Team Wrestling is also going to be inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame at the same time as Ted Turner. Sources are saying that Harlem Heat, consisting of Booker T and Stevie Ray, will be added. Sources say this is seen as a "no brainer" despite Booker T recently leaving WCW for WWE as Harlem Heat is a historic 8 time WCW World Tag Team Champion and helped WCW have, what many view, as the greatest tag team roster in history in the mid 90's.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> - We've learned that the WCW contract of "Ravishing" Rick Rude has come up and he has opted not to re-sign with WCW. Instead, viewers will be seeing Rick Rude return to WWE, as he agreed to undisclosed terms with them. It is not clear what kind of capacity Rude will have at WWE but we have heard that he will remain an active competitor. Whether or not WWE will use him in that capacity will remain to be seen. We're told that Monday Nitro was the last appearance of Rick Rude in WCW.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> - We've also learned through anonymous sources that WCW is currently in contract negotiations with another big-named star on their roster and that WWE is heavily pursuing them also. Our source is being tight-lipped about the name of the wrestler due to fear of them being found out as a news source but apparently the contract battle is fierce. We should know by the beginning of August who this person is and if they will be showing up on further WCW broadcasts.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> We have learned this weeks Thunder card and look for more action to take place this week, as this will be their last opportunity to build toward this Sunday's Bash at the Beach!</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Thunder2002_zpsjq4wblox.jpg</span><p> </p><p> <strong>Lance Storm vs Chris Jericho</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Raven vs AJ Styles</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Taz vs Brock Lesnar</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#0000FF;">WCW United States Title:</span></span></strong></p><p><strong> Kidman vs Buff Bagwell ©</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> The Eliminators (Kronus & Saturn) vs The Powers of Pain (Barbarian & Warlord)</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> TJ Wilson vs Kanyon</strong></p><p></p></div><div style="text-align:center;"></div><div></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Lots of matches this week on Thunder but you can be sure that WCW is trying to get in as much as they can in a short amount of time for the Bash this weekend!</p></div><p></p>
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<p>Lance Storm vs <strong>Chris Jericho</strong> <em>(Former tag team partners collide! While Storm is a talented technician, Jericho is a more popular and charismatic talent at this stage of the game, so Chris wins.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Raven vs <strong>AJ Styles</strong> <em>(Seeing as Styles is apparently looking to challenge Lance Storm (and maybe Sting), he needs to defeat a veteran to prove he's not "all sizzle and no steak".)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Taz vs <strong>Brock Lesnar</strong> <em>(Lesnar needs a convincing win against a tough opponent in order to prove himself as a worthy opponent to Bret Hart.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong>WCW United States Title:</strong></span></span></p><p>

<strong>Kidman</strong> vs Buff Bagwell © <em>(Even though Buff loses, I don't think he will lose the title. I think Kidman is going to win by disqualification after Buff cheats or someone runs in.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Eliminators (Kronus & Saturn)</strong> vs The Powers of Pain (Barbarian & Warlord) <em>(Henderson, I know The Barbarian is your dude, but please don't have him snuff out The Eliminators. I think they could be a good team for you.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

TJ Wilson vs <strong>Kanyon</strong> <em>(Though Kanyon wins the match, TJ will not lose any momentum here due to his continued competitive matches with main-event talent.)</em></p>

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<p>Lance Storm vs <strong>Chris Jericho</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Raven vs <strong>AJ Styles</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Taz vs <strong>Brock Lesnar</strong></p><p> </p><p>

WCW United States Title:</p><p>

Kidman vs <strong>Buff Bagwell ©</strong></p><p> </p><p>

The Eliminators (Kronus & Saturn) vs <strong>The Powers of Pain (Barbarian & Warlord)</strong></p><p> </p><p>

TJ Wilson vs <strong>Kanyon</strong></p>

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<p>Lance Storm vs <strong>Chris Jericho</strong></p><p>

<em>Should be one hell of a match but overall Jericho has the bigger upside and superstar potential/ability, though I've always been a huge fan of Lance Storm</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Raven</strong> vs AJ Styles</p><p>

<em>Could go either way. There is still time for Raven to get that big main event push, though AJ is obviously the more long-term bet</em></p><p> </p><p>

Taz vs <strong>Brock Lesnar</strong></p><p>

<em>Strong with against a credible opponent for Brock here</em></p><p> </p><p>

WCW United States Title:</p><p>

Kidman vs <strong>Buff Bagwell ©</strong></p><p>

<em>Kidman wouldn't be a terrible choice for a US Champion at all in my opinion, but Buff is the stuff and I'm going with him here</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Eliminators (Kronus & Saturn)</strong> vs The Powers of Pain (Barbarian & Warlord)</p><p>

<em>Barbarian and Warlord, in my humble opinion, should be putting people over at this point</em></p><p><em>


TJ Wilson vs <strong>Kanyon</strong></p><p>

<em>I was always a big Kanyon fan so I'm going with him</em></p>

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Thunder2002_zpsjq4wblox.jpg</span><p> <strong>Thursday, Week 4 July 2002</strong></p><p><strong> MD Coppin Center</strong></p><p><strong> Attendance: 2,000 (SELL OUT)</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Scott%20Steiner%207_zpsxkgqcgsq.jpg</span><p> </p><p> <span style="font-family:'Courier New';">This week's Thunder doesn't even get a chance to kick off with much fan fare before red lights flash throughout the sold out and rowdy arena followed by the familiar sirens. The WCW World Heavyweight champion walks out with his freaks and the world title strapped securely around his waist. Flexing and talking on his way to the ring as only Big Poppa Pump can do, the crowd eats it up and loves his antics. Once in the ring, Steiner solidifies why he's the Champion and why he's going to stay that way. He lays down a verbal barrage of insults toward the Rock from not being as big as the Booty Daddy......Cause everyone knows.....Size </span><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"><strong>DOES MATTER</strong></span><span style="font-family:'Courier New';">....To the Rock not having any more talent than Steiner has in his pinky finger, which Steiner says to just ask his freaks how much talent is in that pinky! Despite the wisecracks and taunts, Steiner gives a serious ending by claiming that he's going to kick the Rocks ass back up North because WCW doesn't need him!</span></p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: A</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/TJ%20Wilson_zpsp8kwqe4x.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Chris%20Kanyon%204_zpssikiws3x.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> - Our first match of the night features two guys that dirt sheets claim to </p><p> be the future of WCW. TJ Wilson has been getting quite a bit of time on television screens ever since Eric Bischoff's acquisition of WCW. Kanyon is more or less seen as the old guard of WCW all the while still being considered a young future star. Wilson clearly outshines Kanyon in this match simply with his speed and agility. Kanyon does his best to slow the match down to a style that's more his pace but that doesn't last long before Wilson hits Kanyon with the Rolling Stampede to pick up the impressive win! One which the announcers point out is his first victory of the Bischoff era!</p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Winner: TJ Wilson</strong></p></div><p><strong> Rating: C</strong></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Perry%20Saturn%202_zpst6ijl3mv.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/John%20Kronus%205_zps5n0ulvns.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/The%20Barbarian%202_zpsppkp6vvv.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/The%20Warlord_zpspu1odds9.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> - This next match features two big teams in the tag team division; The Eliminators, consisting of John Kronus and Perry Saturn against the behemoth team of the Powers of Pain; The Warlord and The Barbarian. Both teams match up pretty equally in terms of power but the advantage goes to the Powers of Pain. This was not even close to being a technical masterclass, but it was definitely entertaining and kept the crowd engaged. An abundance of power moves kept the fans on the edge of their seats. The Eliminators ended up getting a big win after Saturn was able to hit the Death Valley Driver on the Warlord for the three count pin.</p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Winners: The Eliminators</strong></p></div><p><strong> Rating: B-</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Gene%20Okerlund%202_zpsmqlmns6w.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span style="font-family:'Courier New';">We're treated to a break away from the action and taken backstage where "Mean" Gene Okerlund is standing by. After hyping a couple of matches to take place later tonight, Gene welcomes his guest at this time....</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Chris%20Jericho%202k2_zpsngnxo7of.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Jericho takes a moment to hype his match tonight against Lance Storm and calls him an incredible athlete. Jericho mostly takes the time pondering to Gene about whether or not he'll actually be booked on a Pay Per View and proceeds to run down a list. Jericho says he was inexplicably left off of the biggest show of the year; Starrcade. Then says he was left off the mediocre Pay Per View Souled Out. Then he </span><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"><strong>STILL</strong></span><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> went without a match for SuperBrawl, Uncensored, and Spring Stampede.....Gene then begins to talk about Slamboree, which Jericho abruptly cuts him off and says he isn't going to talk about Slamboree and as far as he's concerned, he never had a match on that show either!!! Jericho claims it's a conspiracy against him in WCW. About that time, Jericho gives a sneer from off camera and quite simply asks..."What the hell do you want?!"</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Bobby%20Roode_zps9bjspofj.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:'Courier New';"> Bobby Roode says he's also not doing anything for Bash at the Beach and if Jericho wants a match so bad, then how about he go up against him? Jericho scoffs at the challenge and tells Mean Gene that this is what it's come to in his career, facing off against nobodies at a Pay Per View. Jericho says if Roode feels like having another loss in his column then he's on for a match. </span></p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: A</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Tony%20Schiavone%203_zpsi37chcgo.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> Off at another spot backstage, Tony Schiavone is standing with a microphone in his hand and another young star of WCW stands next to him....</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Claudio%20Castagnoli%203_zpsv5wbj546.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> Claudio Castagnoi stands with a smile on his face while Tony introduces him. Claudio says that he's ready to make an impact in WCW and what better way to do that than to challenge for a title?! He says that the Television title would look awfully good around his waist so he's going to outright challenge TV Champion Shane Douglas for a match at Bash at the Beach. Claudio goes on to say how great of a champion he thinks he would be and looks for Tony to think the same. Pretty soon we hear laughter coming from off camera that slowly makes its way on screen.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Shane%20Douglas%208_zpsgmcjn5mv.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> TV Champion Shane Douglas walks up, holding the gold on his shoulder. He tells Claudio that he's got plenty of passion but if he thinks he could defeat him for this prestigious Television Title, he's completely delusional! Claudio doesn't back down from the over-confident Douglas, though, and tells him to accept the challenge and then find out what he's made of. Douglas continues to laugh and say if he's hell bent on learning a lesson, then he'll be happy to teach him, HE'S ON! With that, Douglas walks off screen and Claudio looks extremely happy with obtaining a title shot at the Bash at the Beach!</p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: C+</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">US Title Match:</span></span></span></p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/WCW%20US_zpseq8zddga.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Billy%20Kidman2_zpsoddp43xm.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/BuffBagwell2_zpsqizosnab.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> The fans are pretty excited for this next matchup. United States champion Buff Bagwell has seemed to be on a roll lately and Kidman is doing what he can to climb the ranks of WCW. Neither man holds out for this match, Bagwell because he wants to remain as US Champion and Kidman because he recognizes the opportunity. Kidman appeared to be a bit more urgent with his offense as Bagwell continued to flex and taunt wherever he had an opportunity. Buff would also point and laugh at Kidman, apparently making fun of his much smaller physique than his own. During the match, there was a nice sequence where Kidman rebounded off the ropes a couple of times, ducking clothesline attempts from Bagwell. On a second rebound, Kidman bounced off Bagwell as he bent over for a back body drop. Bagwell came up, ducked a Kidman clothesline and as Kidman turned, blasted him with his own clothesline, knocking him over in a flip. Rather than go for the cover though, Bagwell flexed again and claimed how great he was. The match continued on and found Kidman with the advantage. After striking a great looking dropkick, Kidman drags Buff to the corner. The crowd all get on their feet as they anticipate what's next. Kidman climbs the ropes and prepares for the Shooting Star Press! He flips, but crashes down onto the mat as Bagwell had rolled out of the way! Buff ascends to the middle rope and waits for Kidman to get on his feet, which he does. Bagwell then hits a picture-perfect Buff Blockbuster to get the win!</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Winner: Buff Bagwell</strong></p></div><p><strong> Rating: B</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Taz%203_zpsgju797vr.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Brock%20Lesnar%201_zpsfjyijfw6.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> Another huge matchup this time features Taz taking on Brock Lesnar. Despite the fact that Lesnar has been running through anyone in his path lately, Taz doesn't seem the slightest bit nervous. As soon as Lesnar steps in the ring, Taz walks straight up to him and they begin in a showdown. After some back and forth jawing, Taz pushes Lesnar. The beast barely budges and returns with his own push that puts Taz on the mat. From that point on, it's a slugfest. Taz throws everything he's got at Lesnar. He stumbles him a few times but never totally gets an advantage. Taz attempts a suplex on the big man but Lesnar blocks it and laughs before he tosses Taz with a huge overhead belly to belly suplex. From then on, the match belongs to Lesnar, who hits several clotheslines, a military press slam and a powerslam before he puts away the submission specialist with a powerbomb/pinning combination.</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Winner: Brock Lesnar</strong></p></div><p><strong> Rating: B</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <img alt="tumblr_ofvkgyeWmO1ro8ysbo1_500.gif" data-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/5447a2d6bdd530214c37e1e0c195b655/tumblr_ofvkgyeWmO1ro8ysbo1_500.gif" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p> We have this promotional break to have a word from WCW's sponsor </p><p> - Slim Jim!</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: A*</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Raven%206_zpsatwuioka.jpg</span>vs<span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/AJ%20Styles%204_zps9bbt5wdm.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> - Raven goes up against AJ Styles in this next match. The crowd has been on fire all night and this match continues that going. As with many of the matches so far in this "new era" of WCW, one wrestler uses his experience while the opponent uses their speed and quickness. This is the same case as Raven uses his experience as his advantage to slow the match down and Styles uses his speed to keep Raven off balance. AJ is successful in hitting many moves off the top rope but goes to the well one too many times. AJ bounces off the rope from a springboard attempt to a swift kick in the gut. Everyone thought this would be the moment Raven goes for the Evenflow, but he doesn't. Raven instead hits a back suplex and then spends a moment sulking in the corner. This allows AJ a second wind who catches Raven with a punch to the gut that doubles him over. AJ goes for a backslide that gets a near fall. Raven bounces up to his feet only to be met with a kick form Styles. Raven appeared ready for it though and catches his foot. After a split second, Styles thinks fast and hits an enziguri, flooring Raven. AJ quickly rolls out onto the apron and waits for Raven to get to his feet. As Raven starts, AJ jumps up and springboards again, hitting Raven with a huge flying forearm! Styles, who now has the crowd on their feet, signals that it's time for the Styles Clash. Suddenly there is a commotion in the crowd. Rather than looking to the ring, their heads are now turned and pointing. The camera finally zooms in...</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Sting%2032_zpsoqwjagtc.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Sting is standing in the crowd, just looking at AJ. Styles senses this and also turns to catch Sting standing in the crowd. While Styles is distracted by Sting, he doesn't see Raven staggering to his feet. Raven comes up behind Styles, turns him around and kicks him in the gut, quickly followed by a vicious Evenflow DDT! Raven covers and gets the win!!!</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Winner: Raven</strong></p></div><p><strong> Rating: B</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/DDP%202k1_zpslhd5euok.jpg</span><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Bret%20Hart%2013_zpsggthy1ss.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> We're brought backstage for the final time tonight to see Bret Hart and DDP in the hallway. They appear to be getting ready to leave the arena for the night and are shooting the breeze. As they're talking, DDP notices something off camera and behind Bret Hart. A shocked look comes over his face and DDP has enough time to yell "Look out!!" before shoving Hart out of the way. DDP gets blasted by none other than....</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/Brock%20Lesnar%201_zpsfjyijfw6.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Lesnar was clearly going for Hart but DDP shoved him out of the way just in time. Hart was shoved into a container and it was just enough to daze him for a bit. Lesnar, even though he was going for Hart, decides to take his aggression out on DDP further, laying in a few more kicks and forearm shots. Hart recovers and runs off Lesnar, but the damage appears to have been done.</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Rating: A</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Lance%20Storm%205_zpsyrev2yql.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/Chris%20Jericho%202k2_zpsngnxo7of.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> It's main event time between the former tag team duo as Chris Jericho makes his way out first followed by Lance Storm. Storm takes the mic and tells everyone he'd like to be serious for a moment. Storm goes on to tell everyone that prior to any stellar sporting contest, it's only appropriate that the National Anthem is played beforehand.....But he doesn't want the United States anthem to play, but he rather wants everyone to stand for the playing of the Canadian National Anthem. This of course generates heavy boos from the crowd as the anthem plays. Jericho also stoically stands with his hands behind him as the music plays, wearing his own disgusted look on his face by the actions of the crowd. After it plays, Jericho gets on the microphone and berates the crowd for their behavior and says this place doesn't deserve to see a wrestling match between exquisite talents such as themselves. This doesn't last long though as the referee, who's had enough, calls for the bell and the match officially begins. Jericho and Storm take turns working each other and getting their main spots in. Storm uses his technical knowledge to slow the match down during crucial points and relies on many arm locks and reverse chin locks. Storm also begins to work Jericho's knee, undoubtedly softening it up for the Canadian Maple Leaf.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Jericho though, uses his own assault to plan for the Liontamer. Jericho backs Storm into a corner and hits a few chops before a spinning back kick. Jericho then tosses Storm into the opposite corner and rushes in, hitting a money flip on Storm. Storm lands on his feet though and when Jericho turns, he turns straight into a superkick. Storm goes for the pin and gets a near fall, Jericho kicking out just before a 3. Storm gets Jericho to his feet and pushes him into the ropes. Jericho begins to rebound but locks his arms in the ropes as Storm is going for a dropkick. Stunning himself by landing flat on his back, Jericho quickly grabs Storm's legs and twists him over, painfully locking in the Liontamer. Storm's twisted and contorted body can take only so much before he taps the mat and the referee rings the bell.</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Winner: Chris Jericho</strong></p></div><p><strong> Rating: B</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Jericho celebrates the win as Thunder's credits roll. The announcers tell everyone to contact their local cable provider to order this Sunday's Bash at the Beach!!!</p></div><div style="text-align:center;"></div><div></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Final Show Grade: B+</strong></p><p><strong> TV Rating: 2.31</strong></p></div><p></p></div><p></p>
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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTiXglxhovsenaY_c8Yxgmsz0ejcSDpgnZEaef_Kek0QA21iITc6g" data-src="https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTiXglxhovsenaY_c8Yxgmsz0ejcSDpgnZEaef_Kek0QA21iITc6g" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><p> </p><p> <span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"><span style="font-size:24px;">PWI Insider's Report:</span></span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/WCW%20Saturday%20Night%202_zpsgspipop2.jpg</span></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Here are the results for this week's WCW Saturday Night Event:</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Attendance: 1,819</strong></p><p><strong> 2.31 Rating</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Main Event:</span></strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Lance Storm Def. AJ Styles following interference from Sting</strong></p><p><strong> -After the match, Sting hit the Death Drop on Styles and left</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> John Cena demonstrated his strength by showing his bench press, claiming to bench more than Warrior</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> West Texas Rednecks and Dudley's had a confrontation</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Claudio Castagnoli Def. Kaz Hayashi</strong></p><p><strong> - Shane Douglas came out to observe Claudio's match</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> America's Most Wanted Def. Jindrak/O'Haire</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> This week's Saturday Night was mostly uneventful, however, prior to the tapings, Billy Kidman provoked a fight with Bobby Roode for seemingly no reason. The fight was severe enough that Eric Bischoff apparently suspended Kidman. Rumors are swirling that he has been suspended for 30 days without pay. This comes as a huge blow to Kidman, who was looking like he was going to have a prominent role not only in this Sunday's Bash at the Beach, but in the company as a whole. We'll have to keep a look-out to see if this impacts his position on the card upon his return.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> We also have the official card for this Sunday's WCW Bash at the Beach! Despite the show's title, it will not, however, be held at a beach or anywhere remotely tropical, as it will be broadcasted live from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado!</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="44482" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><span>http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/hendersonjon/WCW/WCWBashAtTheBeach3_zpsrpioyezz.jpg</span><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#A0522D;"><strong>MAIN EVENT</strong></span></span></p><p> <strong>WCW World Heavyweight Title:</strong></p><p><strong> The Rock vs "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner ©</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Diamond Dallas Page vs "Macho Man" Randy Savage</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Brock Lesnar vs Bret "Hitman" Hart</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Bobby Roode vs Chris Jericho</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#A0522D;">United States Title:</span></span></strong></p><p><strong> TJ Wilson vs Buff Bagwell ©</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong><strong><span style="color:#A0522D;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Tag Team Title:</span></span></strong></p><p><strong> The Dudley Boys vs West Texas Rednecks ©</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Sting vs AJ Styles</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong><strong><span style="color:#A0522D;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Television Title:</span></span></strong></p><p><strong> Claudio Castagnoli vs Shane Douglas ©</strong></p><p></p></div><div style="text-align:center;"></div><div></div></blockquote></div><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:left;"><p>- What match will be first?</p><p> </p><p> - What match will be the highest rated?</p><p> </p><p> - What match will be lowest rated?</p><p> </p><p> - How many titles changes will there be?</p></div><p></p><p></p>
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<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#A52A2A;"><strong>MAIN EVENT</strong></span></span></p><p>

WCW World Heavyweight Title:</p><p>

The Rock vs "Big Poppa Pump" <strong>Scott Steiner</strong> © <em>(It's a bit early for a major title change, so I think Big Poppa Pump retains here.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Diamond Dallas Page</strong> vs "Macho Man" Randy Savage <em>(Savage is probably in deeper time decline than DDP at this point, so the slightly younger man wins the match.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Brock Lesnar vs <strong>Bret "Hitman" Hart</strong> <em>(Even though you are building up Brock as a monster, he's still probably far less popular than the Hitman. Given Brock's dominance, I can see him beating down the Hitman too much and losing by disqualification.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Bobby Roode vs <strong>Chris Jericho</strong> <em>(Bobby Roode definitely does not have enough momentum to beat Chris Jericho in any fashion.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#A52A2A;"><strong>United States Title:</strong></span></span></p><p>

TJ Wilson vs <strong>Buff Bagwell</strong> © <em>(Seeing as Buff is apparently still a top guy in WCW, he beats young TJ clean.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#A52A2A;"><strong>Tag Team Title:</strong></span></span></p><p>

<strong>The Dudley Boys</strong> vs West Texas Rednecks © <em>(This show seems heavy on the heel side in terms of who wins matches. Also, the Dudleys are a more cohesive unit, in my opinion.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Sting</strong> vs AJ Styles <em>(Since AJ has lost two matches because of Sting, I don't think he will be able to better the Icon yet.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#A52A2A;"><strong>Television Title:</strong></span></span></p><p>

Claudio Castagnoli vs <strong>Shane Douglas</strong> © <em>(Double C probably isn't quite popular enough to win a midcard title in WCW. He looks strong in defeat, though.)</em></p><p> </p><p>

- What match will be first? <strong>Castagnoli vs. Douglas.</strong></p><p> </p><p>

- What match will be the highest rated? <strong>Rock vs. Steiner.</strong></p><p> </p><p>

- What match will be lowest rated? <strong>Dudleys vs. Rednecks.</strong></p><p> </p><p>

- How many titles changes will there be? <strong>One.</strong></p>

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